Malcolm X Speaks

by .. Malcolm X

Pathfinder Press | January 1, 2008 | Hardcover

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Speeches from the last year of Malcolm X's life tracing the evolution of his views on racism, capitalism, socialism, political action, and more.

Previous edition: Merit Publishers, 1965

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 233 pages, 8.64 × 5.59 × 0.85 in

Published: January 1, 2008

Publisher: Pathfinder Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0873485467

ISBN - 13: 9780873485463

Found in: People of Colour, Social and Cultural Studies

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Malcolm X Speaks

by .. Malcolm X

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 233 pages, 8.64 × 5.59 × 0.85 in

Published: January 1, 2008

Publisher: Pathfinder Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0873485467

ISBN - 13: 9780873485463

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Speeches from the last year of Malcolm X's life tracing the evolution of his views on racism, capitalism, socialism, political action, and more.

Previous edition: Merit Publishers, 1965

About the Author

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and the son of a Baptist minister, Malcolm Little grew up with violence. Whites killed several members of his family, including his father. As a youngster, he went to live with a sister in Boston where he started a career of crime that he continued in New York's Harlem as a drug peddler and pimp. While serving a prison term for burglary in 1952, he converted to Islam and undertook an intensive program of study and self-improvement, movingly detailed in "Autobiography of Malcolm X." He wrote constantly to Elijah Muhammad (Elijah Poole, 1897--1975), head of the black separatist Nation of Islam, which already claimed the loyalty of several of his brothers and sisters. Upon release from prison, Little went to Detroit, met with Elijah Muhammad, and dropped the last name Little, adopting X to symbolize the unknown African name his ancestors had been robbed of when they were enslaved. Soon he was actively speaking and organizing as a Muslim minister. In his angry and articulate preaching, he condemned white America for its treatment of blacks, denounced the integration movement as black self-delusion, and advocated black control of black communities. During the turbulent 1960's, he was seen as inflammatory and dangerous. In 1963, a storm broke out when he called President Kennedy's assassination a case of "chickens coming home to roost," meaning that white violence, long directed against blacks, had now turned on itself. The statement was received with fury,
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 Globe & Mail  The polls of black folk In the wake of Barack Obama's historic election to the U.S. presidency, George Elliott Clarke suggests some reading for those who are curious about the history of African-Americans in the politics of the United States GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE ...However, Obama also owes much to a tradition of African-American political critique, and not just to that other preacher, the now-vilified Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose "prophetic" sermons cast the United States as a racist Sodom and an imperialist Gomorrah deserving of divine retribution.   If that history began with the anonymous, illiterate, field-slave inventors of spirituals, who renamed their masters "Pharaoh" and imagined Christ as a conqueror-king brandishing a sword, it attained a particular pitch of vehemence and scorn, fire-and- brimstone, in the otherwise ultra-cool, media-savvy, Muslim public intellectual Malcolm X.   As a spokesman for the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X was notorious for his incendiary rhetoric, which rebuked King's pacifism and branded white Americans as "devils." Yet he was formidably articulate, especially in terms of international political analysis. See Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements (Merit Publishers, 1965), where the orator insists, "What [the United States is] doing in South Vietnam is criminal."   This statement was made a month before his assassination on Feb. 21, 1965 , and almost three years before King likewise de
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